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 Events 2018

Wild Thyme Plants are often visiting local plant fairs. They're often based in the grounds of some fabulous stately homes with beautiful gardens for you to browse for inspiration and there are always delicious homemade refreshments available! Here's the scheduled list of events we'll be attending this year. If there's one near you, why not come along, make a day of it and check us out in person?

We can't possibly take everything we grow to every show so if you've spotted a few plants on the website that take your fancy, we are more than happy to take orders for shows so that you can avoid expensive postal charges and the hassle of waiting in for a delivery. Drop us an e-mail to jess@wildthymeplants.co.uk or call us on: 07956888477 letting us know what you'd like and which show you'll be attending and we'll bring them along! With no obligation to purchase on the day if you change your mind, what have you got to lose!

  • February 17th, Saturday (9.30am - 12.30pm)
Shaftesbury Plant and Seed Fair
Shaftesbury Town Hall, High St, Shaftesbury, Dorset. Part of Shaftesbury's famous Snowdrop Festival. A large selection of plants, seeds and a gardening and cookery book stall. New for this year is our amazing Seed Swap!! Bring along your unwanted or surplus fruit, vegetable and flower seeds from last year and swap them for something you'd love! Refreshments available in the hall. Free entry. 

  • February 25th, Sunday (10am - 2pm) 
    Frome Potato Day and Seed Swap

    The Cheese and Grain, Market Yard, Frome, Somerset BA11 1BE Everything you need to kick start the growing season. Spring-flowering plants, vegetable seeds, potatoes of every variety and bring your collected seed along to swap too! Free Entry and free gardening talks and cookery demonstrations. 

  • March 3rd, Saturday (10am - 3pm)
         Sidmouth Daffodil Day
Kennaway House, Sidmouth EX10 8NG Eight years ago a generous bequest from a holidaymaker led to the planting of a million daffodil bulbs in and around this beautiful seaside town. It is now a sight to behold and has become a mecca for daffodil lovers. This year Sidmouth are launching their first annual plant fair with daffodil talks by national experts, daffodil art and a photographic exhibition and guided walks to the daffodil sites. Come and experience this stunning coastal backdrop in all it's spring finery.

  • March 5th, Sunday (10am - 4pm) 
Forde Abbey Plant and Gardening Fair
Forde Abbey, Nr Chard, Somerset TA20 4LU. Part of Forde Abbey's famous Crocus Week, a lovely time to see the garden waking up from its Winter hibernation and the Undercroft tearooms will be open throughout the day serving coffees, teas, light lunches and homemade cakes. Beautiful gardens and over 30 plant stalls. A great way to herald in the start of the season. The reduced entry fee to the Plant & Gardening Fair, including admission to Forde Abbey’s 30 acres of award-winning gardens, is £3. Parking is free. 

  • March 11th, Sunday (10am - 4pm)
Sherborne Charity Specialist Plant Sale
Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3AA . Organised by www.plantfairs.co.uk Indoor plant sale with 15 stands offering a huge range of specialist plants. Beautiful historic town with abbey, castle and a range of small individual shops, cafes and pubs to keep you busy for the rest of the day! Parking next to the hall. Admission free with donations to Chernobyl Children's Lifeline (Sherborne and Yeovil Link). 
NB – change to Sunday rather than Saturday as in previous years.

  • March 11th, Sunday (10am - 4pm)
Rare Plant Fair, Bishop's Palace, Wells
Bishop's Palace, Wells, Somerset BA5 2PD Rare Plant Fair. Explore 14 acres of beautiful gardens, complete with ruins, moat, a maze of bridges, footpaths and an adventure playground to keep children busy for hours and the perfect spot for a picnic in good weather. Entry £6 includes entrance to the palace and gardens (a substantial reduction on normal admission!) Children under 16 free.Follow the Rare Plant Fair link for more information, maps, directions and parking info.

  • March 24th, Saturday (10am - 4pm)
East Lambrook Manor, Hardy Plant Society, Spring Plant Fair
The Hardy Plant Society (Somerset group) Early Spring Plant Fair at East Lambrook Manor, South Petherton, Somerset TA13 5AH. 20 of the South West's finest independent nurseries alongside Margery Fish's Grade 1 listed garden (recently featured on BBC2's Great British Garden Revival as one of the premier examples of the English cottage garden style). Admission to the fair and gardens £4.00 (£3.50 to HPS /RHS members)Map.

  • March 25th, Sunday (11am -4pm)
Rare Plant Fair, Evenley Wood Garden, Northamptonshire
Evenley Wood Garden, Brackley, Northamptonshire NN13 5SH Set amongst the beautiful Northamptonshire countryside, this unique 60-acre, private garden set within a woodland contains a large and notable collection of plants ranging from unusual trees and shrubs, to a wide range of selected lilies and other bulbs. An extensive network of paths leads you through this remarkable garden with the opportunity for hours of exploration. Refreshments and parking available. Admission - Adults £5.00 Children under 16 - £1.00. Admission includes the Fair and Gardens.

  • April 7th & 8th, Saturday & Sunday (11am-4pm)
Cornwall Garden Society, Spring Flower Show
Held on the beautiful Boconnoc Estate, Lostwithiel, Cornwall PL22 0RG, The Cornwall Garden Society hosts the first big flower show of the year. Hundreds of exhibitors, stunning floristry displays including competitive displays of Daffodils and Camellias, various children's activities, extensive refreshments and a bar, make this a fabulous day out for gardening enthusiasts and families alike. Admission £9.50 (£7.50 advance) children under 16 free.

  • April 15th, Sunday (10am - 4pm)
Mapperton House,Charity Specialist Plant Sale
Mapperton House, nr Beaminster, Dorset. A stunning Jacobean manor with beautiful formal gardens (voted in the top 50 UK gardens) including ancient topiary, lake and orangery. The house will be open with wonderful guided tours (an additional admission cost will be charged) Over 30 specialist stands, including giftware, specialist ironmongery and of course lots and lots of plants! Refreshments will be available in the restaurant/cafe. Admission £3 with proceeds going towards a local charity.

  • April 19th, Thursday ( 9am - 4pm)
Rookwood House Garden and Gift Fair
Rookwood House, Stockcross, Newbury, Berkshire RG20 8JX
A large selection of specialist nurseries showcasing beautiful plants that would be difficult to source elsewhere. A range of interesting and unique gifts all set in these beautiful gardens.
Entry fee (to be announced) - Proceeds to go to the Rosemary Appeal ( West Berkshire Community Hospital) Please see their website for more details www.rookwoodgardenfair.co.uk

  • April 22nd, Sunday (10.30am -4pm) 
RDA Plant Fair, Barbury Racecourse
Barbury, nr Marlborough, Wiltshire SN8 1RS
Adults £3, children (under 12) free. In aid of Kennet Valley Carriage Driving for the disabled.

  • April 27th & 28th, Friday & Saturday (Fri 10am -5pm, Sat 10am - 6pm )
Toby Buckland's Garden Festival, Powderham Castle
Hosted by popular TV gardener Toby Buckland at his own nursery in the picturesque surroundings of Powderham Castle, Kenton, Nr Exeter. A two day garden festival celebrating the best in gardening with leading specialist nurseries from throughout the West Country. A much anticipated family fun event with live music and great food.With guest speakers including Rachel de Thame (BBC Gardeners World Presenter) ,Terry Walton organic allotment expert (BBC Radio 2 Jeremy Vine's show) and John Challis (Boycie from Only Fools and Horses) What better way to spend the Bank Holiday weekend?
Admission £10.00 in advance, Children (under 16) free.

  • May 1st , Sunday (10.30am - 4pm) 
Great Chalfield Manor Plant Fair
Great Chalfield Manor, nr Melksham, Wiltshire SN12 8NH. Beautiful National Trust manor, set in the tranquil Wiltshire countryside amongst 7 acres of beautiful gardens. In association with Jamie's Farm. Hog roast, cake stall, teas and coffees and 30 specialist nurseries. Admission to fair and gardens £3.00.

  • May 2nd, Bank Holiday Monday (11am -4pm)
May Day Village Fair, Newton-St-Loe, Nr Bath
Annual May Day Village Fair and Market set in this attractive rural village on the outskirts of Bath. Traditional stalls, games, refreshments, maypole dancing, bands, morris dancing and other entertainment. And we'll be there selling plants too! A fun day out for all the family.

  • May 8th, Sunday (11am - 2pm)
The Holburne Museum, Annual Plant Fair, Bath
The Friends of The Holburne Museum Plant Fair, The Holburne Museum, Great Pulteney Street, Bath, BA2 4DB. Held on the front lawns of the museum in the beautiful Georgian city of Bath. Make a day of it, browse the specialist plant stalls, talk to the gardening experts, check out the Holburne's latest exhibition and grab coffee in the Garden Café before wandering over Pulteney Bridge and into the heart of the city for lunch and some sightseeing. 11am - 2pm.

  • May 14th, Saturday (10am - 4pm)
Yarlington House, Charity Plant Fair
Yarlington House, Nr Wincanton, Somerset. Charity Specialist Plant Sale. Over 31 specialist growers in 2 acres of extensive gardens, including an Italian sunken garden, shade garden and kitchen garden. Set against the stunning backdrop of Yarlington House. Teas, coffees and light refreshments available.
Admission £3.00 in aid of Yarlington Village Hall.

  • May 14th, Sunday (11am - 4pm)
Winterbourne House, Edgbaston, Rare Plant Fair

  • May 19th, Saturday (10am - 3.30pm)
    Plant Heritage (NCCPG) Plant Fair, Congresbury

    Next to the Roundtrees Garden Centre, Congresbury, Bristol BS49 5AA. Local specialist nurseries and members plants for sale in attractive rural setting close to the west coast. North Somerset Butterfly House on same site (admission charge applicable). Refreshments available. Free entry and parking.

  • May 28th, Sunday (11am -4pm)
Grittleton House Plant and Food Fair

Set in the stunning grounds of Grittleton House, Chippenham, Wiltshire SN14 6AP
A real treat for plant lovers and foodies alike. A great day out with friends and family in aid of Action Medical Research. Free parking. Refreshments available. Admission - Adults £3.00, Children free.

  • June 4th, Sunday (11am - 4pm)
High Glanau Manor, Lydart, Monmouthshire, Rare Plant Fair 
An important Arts and Crafts house set in 12 acres of gardens designed in 1922 by H. Avray Tipping. Tipping was the Architectural Editor of Country Life magazine from 1907 until his death in 1933. The stunning gardens were featured on BBC Gardener's World in July 2014. Refreshments available. Admission Adults £5.00, Children free.

  • June 9th, 10th & 11th, Friday, Saturday & Sunday (10am - 5pm daily)
    The Bishop's Palace, English Country Garden Festival, Wells, Somerset
    The 3rd garden festival will feature various celebrity speakers, countless specialist nurseries, vintage refreshments, music and entertainment and some fascinating talks from the experts. Too much to fit in here, but suffice to say, this will be an amazing, action-packed event for the whole family. Admission £6.99 in advance, £7.99 on the day Adults, Children -Free.

  • June 11th, Sunday (11am - 4pm)
Hanham Court, Nr Bristol, Rare Plant Fair
Voted ‘No.1 Dreamy Garden’ by the BBC Gardens Illustrated Magazine, these are absolutely stunning gardens. Owned by award-winning garden designers to the Prince of Wales who, over a period of fifteen years have created a deeply romantic and scented garden. The formal garden has luscious borders of old roses, tree peonies, lilies and fountains. An amazing ‘Dancing Crown’ fountain is in the woodland garden, which has a stream, pools, snowdrops, tree ferns, magnolias and temples. 
Hanham Court, Ferry Road, Hanham Abbots, Nr. Bristol BS15 3NT
Refreshments available.
Admission £5 includes fair and gardens. Under 16's free.

  • June 17th & 18th, Saturday &Sunday (10.30am - 5pm) 
Gilbert White &The Oates Collections, Selborne, Hampshire, Unusual Plant Fair
The 25th Unusual Plant Fair here!
Gilbert White’s House, The Wakes, High Street, Selborne, Hampshire GU34 3JH
Admission £7 Children free. Proceeds to support the above museum and heritage gardens.

  • July 12th, Sunday (11am - 4pm)
Rare Plant Fair, Stonor Park, Henley-on- Thames, Oxfordshire
Stonor, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 6HF. A beautiful collection of medieval buildings behind a Georgian facade, including a chapel built on the site of an ancient stone circle. Extensive formal gardens, including stunning 17th Century Italianate pleasure gardens with formal ponds and clipped box hedges. The old kitchen gardens have been turned over to long herbaceous borders. A Japanese garden house is also worth a visit. Refreshments available.
Entry £6 to Plant Fair and Gardens. Entry to House, Fair and Gardens £10. House open 2pm - 4pm.

  • Sunday, 23rd August (10am - 4pm)
Rare Plant Fair, Kilver Court Gardens, Shepton Mallet, Somerset

  • September 6th, Sunday
Rare Plant Fair, Adwell House, Nr Thame

  • September 20th, Sunday
Rare Plant Fair, Llanover House, Nr Abergavenny

  • September 27th, Sunday